Recently on Twitter, there has been a hashtag getting a lot of attention: #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion. There is also the perennial #UnpopularOpinion. In either case, no matter which one you search out, you’re going to find opinions from everyday people and some of those opinions are met with ferocity and downright hostility. People, every day, ordinary citizens all have opinions, unpopular or not, but it’s how we respond to the sharing that is more telling about US than it is about them. Continue reading
Maybe the Houlihan’s at the hotel wasn’t the most appropriate location to have a conversation about family relationships. Then again, perhaps it was the best place. Whether it was or wasn’t, it was where we were when the subject came up, and I described family relationships to the niece and nephew as, “weird and complicated.” Continue reading
Last weekend I returned from a 16 day, 6,000+ mile road trip with my Mom and eldest Niece and Nephew. This trip was an idea I conjured up last year and pitched at the holidays. My sister’s passing in July was the trigger, and when my Mom said she wanted to see her sister in California whom she hadn’t seen in over two decades, I knew what I had to do.
“We’ll try to make the scar as small as possible. Many people are self-conscious about not just the scars but having the ICD itself, so we try to keep it small and easily hidden. In fact, so many people have a difficult time adjusting that we recommend patients see a medical counselor who can talk with them about their feelings.” Continue reading
“The whole procedure will take only about 2 hours, but you’ll need to stay in the hospital overnight so we can make sure everything is working as it should.” Two hours? Really? That fast? Continue reading
Who knew that one of my generation’s greatest lines of wisdom would come from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? Continue reading
Last weekend found Mr. Muse and me on a weekend getaway trip with a couple with whom we’ve become good friends. They are actually like family, at least as close as you can get without being genetically related or have a legal document hanging around proving it. This couple has also become one of our favorite traveling/adventure-having friends. The subject of traveling, and traveling “easy,” came up with them over dinner one of the nights, which got me thinking about why it is that certain people are just easier to travel with than others.